Bassistry, a London-based nu-jazz band, is the brainchild of Marcel Pusey, who was responsible for tracking down an eclectic mix of some of London’s finest musicians and producers. Two of those musicians are long time Bassistry vocalists Katy Seath and Nicola Bull. They are returning to Colchester where their musical life began. Both grew up in Colchester, Nicola taught vocals at the Institute. They have both gone on to become successful musicians.
Bassistry perform at the Colchester Arts Jazz Centre, and will be playing tracks from their album critically acclaimed third album ‘What The Hell Do You Call This?’. It garnered 5-star album of the month in Blues & Soul Magazine, who describe how they “mix funk grooves with Latin Rhythms and pulsating electronic, and beautiful contemporary soundscapes to deliver a superb record”
Marcel composes all the music, as well as playing bass. He also co-produced ‘What The Hell Do You Call This?’ with Ivor Novello Award-winning Cassell “The Beatmaker” (Plan B, The Streets) and Emmy- nominated, electronica prodigy Robert Logan (Taxi To The Dark Side, Grace Jones, Brian Eno, Skye, Morcheeba). Marcel used the contrasting musical influences of the producers to expand the musical ambition on the album and in the live shows.
Working with the crème de la crème of London’s musician talent, such as Sonia Slany on strings (Skyfall, Happy Go Lucky, Peter Gabriel, Mark Knopfler, Jools Holland) and drummer Sam Agard Blue (Paloma Faith, Corinne Bailey Rae, Professor Green) as well as Latin drummer Philippe D’ Amonville (Natasha Atlas).
Imaani (Incognito) lent her soulful vocals, while guitarist Eric Appapoulay (Plan B) joined her on guitar. Jazz trumpet virtuoso Jay Phelps makes two very special guest appearances. Bassistry infuse many different styles into his music and defy all attempts at categorisation.
Bassistry’s debut self-titled album was released back in 1996 on German label Okapi Records. This self- produced, jazz-funk introduction was largely instrumental, influenced very much by the M-Base movement. In 2005, Pusey emerged with a new Bassistry line-up, inspired by jam sessions in South London’s renowned music venue, The Bedford.
Marcel was astounded by the level of talent that turned up at the sessions on a weekly basis, inspiring him to gather together some of that talent and record ‘In Time,’ a vocal-led jazz-soul album, inspired by the likes of the Brand New Heavies, though a little grittier. Tracks on ‘In Time’ have featured in countless TV programmes around the world.
Aside from Bassistry, Marcel owns a multimedia company, of which he has sold a major stake to publishing company Music Sales to allow him more time to dedicate to his music. Marcel’s education company are partners of the Essex Music Hub, providing music technology via their app, O-Generator, and song writing courses for young people via his company, Myband. They look forward to producing a dynamic, exciting show.
Bassistry play Colchester Arts Centre Jazz Club on Sunday 18th March. For more information or to book visit www.bassistry.com.